Netball Victoria has announced the 10 clubs who have received licenses to play in the Bupa Victorian Netball League (VNL).
As the premier netball competition in Victoria, each application was assessed by an independent selection panel as well as Netball Victoria’s General Manager – High Performance.
All applications were carefully considered by the panel, aligning with certain criteria as outlined by Netball Victoria.
In preparation for the new licence period, a review of the league and its processes was undertaken in late 2017, in which all license holders at the time were consulted.
The application process was re-framed to focus on the ability to develop athletes, coaches and club personnel in addition to driving good governance practices, sustainability and on court performance.
Netball Victoria will continue to work with licensees in regards to the further development of the Bupa VNL competition, and ensuring it continues to grow and meet competition objectives. Our future aspiration for the VNL competition is that it expands and that we are able to have even more clubs participating at this level.
Furthermore, to support this aspiration, Netball Victoria is committed to developing regional hubs across the state, in key locations, to enable access to our pathway for all of our netball community.
These regional centres will support our associations, leagues and clubs and local communities.
They will also maximise the opportunities arising from the State Netball and Hockey Centre redevelopment to benefit those who play our sport across the state.
We are pleased to announce the successful license holders for the 2019-2023 competitions are:
City West Falcons
Casey Demons (new in 2019)
DC North East Blaze
Melbourne University Lightning
Wilson Storage Southern Saints
Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King congratulated the successful applicants.
“We are pleased to accept the applications of nine current clubs and look forward to welcoming the Casey Demons to the league in 2019,” said King.
Rosie said the strength of the competition is imperative in the high-performance pathways.
“The Bupa VNL aims to be the strongest state league competition in Australia and is an integral piece of the Netball Victoria athlete, coach and officials’ pathways.
“Our Zone Academy continues to provide access to talent development for players and coaches.
“A new operating model for the Zone Academy program is about to be launched to further drive development outcomes within the program and in the associations.
“The success and importance of the league is evident in Suncorp Super Netball, arguably the world’s best domestic competition, with 18 Victorian athletes, nine Victorian training partners, 11 Victorian coaches and five umpires participating in the 2018 season.
“We pride ourselves on the strength of our pathways and to have the VNL grow each year, particularly with one of Australia’s leading health and care companies, Bupa on board as naming rights sponsor this year, is a testament to this, and the hard work of all clubs and VNL administrators.”
The Bupa VNL will commence in April 2019 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
For information regarding the competition and for club trials, please visit the Bupa VNL page.